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Understanding New York’s Driver Responsibility Assessment

Law enforcement officers in Manhattan, and throughout the state of New York, regularly issue tickets to motorists for violating the state’s traffic laws. According to a New York State Traffic Safety Data report, there were more than three million tickets issued to drivers for vehicle traffic law violations throughout the state in 2013 alone. Often, people who are ticketed are of the belief that receiving a ticket is a minor offense. However, this is not always the case. In addition to fines, possible jail time, driver’s license suspensions and other penalties, some New York drivers may also have to pay the driver responsibility assessment.

When traffic violations become criminal charges in New York

When someone from law enforcement pulls you over, you might receive a traffic ticket and escape with a fine and a few points on your license. At Martin A. Kron & Associates, LLP, we know that many people do not realize that in certain situations, the penalties may be much more harsh. There are times when a traffic offense in New York can become a criminal charge, forcing you to appear in court and face severe consequences.

How do I obtain a Commercial Driver’s License in New York?

Commercial drivers’ licenses are required to operate a myriad of vehicles in multiple business sectors. From school buses to tractor trailers, a great many driving jobs can only be obtained with the possession of a valid commercial driver’s license. People wishing to work in these positions should understand what is involved in obtaining the right type of licensure.

Understanding out-of-state traffic violations in New York

When drivers receive traffic tickets in their home states, the penalties are generally understood or can be found with some help. When drivers receive traffic tickets outside of their home states, however, the process can become more complicated, especially if they wish to avoid default convictions or to pursue defense actions against the allegations.

What happens when you do not respond to a traffic ticket?

It might seem to some New York residents lately that law enforcement is handing out more and more traffic tickets. Red light cameras, slow zones and a general heightened awareness of the Vision Zero mission all work together to yield this sense within the community. Sometimes, drivers in New York can feel unsure of how to respond to traffic tickets or have conflicts that prevent them from appearing at their stated court dates. If no responses are provided within the stipulated times, drivers can receive default convictions.

Myths and truths of traffic tickets in New York

Traffic laws in New York can be very complicated and hard for some residents to understand. In addition, there can very easily be many myths than people believe to be true but that are actually not so. With the ever watchful eye of law enforcement only seeming to grow in these days of Vision Zero, it is important for all New Yorkers to have a solid understanding of some basics of traffic law and the processes related to how to fight a traffic ticket.

Rollback on speed limit in New York to come

Vision Zero has become a commonly referred to campaign in New York. Residents of the city should be well aware of the municipal government’s stated effort to not only reduce but to eliminate pedestrian deaths. Cracking down on speeding and finding new ways to slow drivers are integral elements to this overall effort. 

Understanding the Driver Responsibility Assessment Program

A New York driver who receives a default conviction for traffic infractions or even a conviction after an attempted defense against an alleged traffic violation may face a range of penalties. The state of New York has many programs and processes in place to monitor a driver’s activities and records. One of these is the assessment of points on records. Another is the Driver Responsibility Assessment Program.

State and city officials work on new traffic laws

New Yorkers live among some of the nation’s most congested and busiest streets. Whether as drivers, passengers or pedestrians, there are risks associated with being on the streets of New York City every day. For drivers, one of those risks is being accused of breaking New York’s traffic law in some way. The associated fines or other penalties after receiving a speeding ticket or other citation can be costly and challenging.

Speed cameras subject of debate in New York

New York drivers must be on alert for dangerous behaviors every time they take to the streets. Staying safe on congested roads is not always an easy task. Local traffic law is stipulated to help keep drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians safe but they are also means by which local municipalities generate income from the fines that are imposed.

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